cinema, current events, Film Review

DVD Pick: V for Vendetta

As I browsed through the ‘Net, I found my old blog (parts of it) archived. I’m re-blogging it here. In this era of Big Business-Big Government alliance, it is always a good idea to watch V for Vendetta to remind ourselves the importance of individual and collective liberties. I have to add that Natalie Portman’s portrayal… Continue reading DVD Pick: V for Vendetta

documentary, Film Review, History, Media Studies

SEEING TREASON: Justifying a State of Emergency in a documentary

In February 2006, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, in her pursuit of a "Strong Republic", proclaimed a State of Emergency through Presidential Proclamation 1017 to give her government Martial Law powers. Malacanang produced a documentary titled Paglaban sa Kataksilan: 1017 (1017: To Fight Treason). The Philippine Journalism Reports' (PJR's) editor asked me to write a review of… Continue reading SEEING TREASON: Justifying a State of Emergency in a documentary

current events, Elections

Freaky Friday for Philippine Legal System

Yesterday, the Filipino people witnessed a freak show featuring the country's legal / justice system with lead characters played by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (DOJ), Commission on Elections (COMELEC)  Chair Sixto Brillantes, and the Supreme Court justices. CHARGED FOR RIGGING 2007 ELECTIONS, NOT THE 2004 ELECTIONS Ms. Arroyo is charged… Continue reading Freaky Friday for Philippine Legal System

current events

Does the rule of law still hold in the Philippines?

Yesterday, the SC granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that allowed the travel of former President Arroyo and her husband to other countries to seek better medical care. Earlier, the House of Representatives issued a resolution allowing Rep. Arroyo's travel abroad. Yet the former President was not allowed by airport officials to board the airplane… Continue reading Does the rule of law still hold in the Philippines?